Rothbury -the Terrace - Walk - Northumberland


Via The Terraces & Primrose Wood

Location OS Landranger sheet 81 NU 057017 5 Miles 3 hours

How to get there From the A1 North take the A697 then left onto the B6344

Park on or near the High Street

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Start From the green in the centre of Rothbury take a narrow passage called the "Nick" between the Co-op and Millers, opposite the Post box.
Turn left at the top and a few yards further turn right up a footpath signed " Hillside Road 1/4 Mile "

At Hillside Road turn right and then immediately left the road is signed Cartington 2 1/2 Miles

When this road bends to the left take a footpath to the right and follow it up to a stile.

Over the stile take the track directly in front of you and follow it up with a conifer wood over a fence to your right. This rough path continues up onto the open moor where you will find a broad track.

Turn left along this broad track towards the television mast

Having passed the Television mast and before following the path round to the right, take a detour up to the cairn on the left where there are interesting stones and excellent views down to Rothbury and across to the Simonside hills.

The track with great views down to Old Rothbury and further round over to Cheviot continues and drops down through the edge of a wood.

Go ahead through two gates and follow the track around and down to Primrose Cottage.

From the cottage turn right up into Primrose Wood

Take the track up to a Signpost "Rothbury 1 1/2 miles" and follow the sign direction.

Past a copse of Beeches on the left of the track the path drops left off this track down to a Gate/Stile

The path exits onto moorland and ascends past an old boundary marker Marked R/S

This path joins the Broad track where it was first encountered to the east of the TV transmitter

Proceed directly on and Retrace your steps back to the Nick and onto Rothbury High Street

Some pictures of Rothbury


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For consideration, when using the countryside

This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation - so wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If on any of these walks you find obstructions, or damage to stiles or footbridges which make paths impassible, please report these details as soon as possible to the countryside department of the Local or National Park authority responsible for the area.

Relationships between local farmers and those who use the footpaths are generally very good and there is no reason why they should not remain so given reasonable attitudes and understanding. Remember that the countryside is the farmers' livelihood, so please observe the Country Code : keep to the paths; close gates after you ; and take care not to cause damage, or leave litter; keep your dog under control; and leave all wild flowers for others to enjoy.

Taken from: Country Walks in East Tynedale by Philip R. B. Brooks (1978) NBM Sept 2009

Dogs in the countryside :-

On Rights of Way - Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a short lead.

On Access Land - 1) Keep your dog on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July this to protect ground nesting birds from disturbance

2) Local restrictions may include a ban on dogs.

3) Note that restrictions do not apply to Guide/Hearing dogs, or if you are using a public right of way